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We, the undersigned, being a Committee appointed to supervise the printing of the 
Constitutions and Canons of the Diocese of North Carohna as ihe same have been 
heretofore from time to time enacted and amended, together with the marginal refer- 
ences and annotations adopted and authorized by the Convention of 18^8, do certity that 
the foUovk^ing Constitution and Canons, with the Rules of Order, and the marginal notes, 
accurately set forth as they have been adopted and are now in force in the said Dio- 
cese of North Carolina. Jos. BLOUNT Cheshire, Jr., 

Edwin A. Osborne, 
Hamilton C. Jones. 

Charlotte, N. C, Feast of the Transfiguration, 1888. 

Constitution. Articles I, II, III. 



The Church in this Diocese accedes to and adopts the Con- 
stitution of the Protestant Fpistopal Church in the United 
States of America, as set forth in Geneial Convention thereof, 
and acknowledges its authority accordingly. 


Section i. \^a~\ There shall be an Annual Convention of 
the Church in this Dioce.«:e [/^] at such time and place as may 
be determined by the next preceding Convention, or, in the 
event of no such determination, on the last Wednesday in 
May, at such place as may be agreed upon by the Bishop and 
Standing Committee. 

Sec. 2. But the time or place of such meeting may be 
changed, or special Conventions called, by the Ecclesiastical 
Authority of the Diocese, subject, nevertheless, to such canon- 
ical provisions as may hereafter be made. 

Sec. 3- Provided, that no special Convention shall be called 
without at least sixty days' notice, which notice shall be pub- 
lished for at least one month in three different ne\Aspapers of 
the State, and [^] shall specify the business and purpose for 
which said special Convention is to be called, and upon that 
alone it shall act. 


Section i. [a] The Convention shall be composed of the 
two orders, Clerical and Lay. 

Sec. 2. \_d~\ The Bishop of the Diocese, or in his absence, 
the Assistant Bishop, if there be one, or the Bishop in charge, 
as representing the Episcopal Authority, shall, if present, 
preside at all meetings of the Convention . 

Accession to 
the Constitu- 
tion and 
Canons of the 
General Con- 


See Article I, 

Annual Con- 

[a] 1817. 
[d] 1825: 17. 

[c] Can. IV. 

Of Clergy and 


[a] 1817. Art. 3 

1 he Bishop. 

[^i 1817. Art.5 

Constitution. Article III. 

Clerical Mem- 


[a] 1830. 
[d] 1882. 
[c] 1831:6. 

Lay Members: 

[aj 1821: 19. 

[d] 1 871: 40, 

M 1844: 37, 

[d] 1859. 

M 1830: 27. 

Lay Members: 
1887: 41, 42. 

not sending 
bound by 
action of the 


Sec. 3. Every Clergyman of the Church having been 
[«] canonically connected with the Diocese, as well as [^] having 
been a resident therein for twelve kalendar months before any 
meeting of the Convention, either as a Clergyman or \c] as a 
Candidate for Orders, shall be entitled to a seat and vote in 
the same: Provided^ that the restriction of residence as above 
required, shall not apply to professors, tutors or students in 
the General Theological Seminary, or in any university or 
college maintained and governed in part by the Diocese, or to 
officers of the General Missionary Board of the Church, or to 
Chaplains in the army and navy. 

Sec. 4. Each regularly organized Parish in union with the 
Convention shall be entitled to be represented at its sessions 
by one or more delegates, \a\ not exceeding four, to be 
chosen by the Vestry [<5] from among the male communicants 
of said Parish: Provided, that in case there shall be no male 
communicant in said Parish, the Vestry shall have power to 
elect one or more delegates, qualified as above, from any 
other Parish or Parishes of the Diocese. And each Vestry 
\c\ shall be entitled to elect, in addition, four alternate dele- 
gates, subject to the same qualifications, who shall be author- 
ized, in the order of their election, to fill any vacancy that 
may occur in the delegation originally chosen: [^] Provided^ 
that no person, clerical or lay, under Ecclesiastical censure, 
publicly declared by a competent tribunal, shall be admissible 
to a seat in the Convention: \e\ Provided further, that no per- 
son shall be allowed to represent more than one Parish in the 
same Convention. 

Sec. 5. Each regularly organized Mission in union with 
the Convention, and having not less than ten adult commu- 
nicants, shall be entitled to be represented at the sessions of 
the Convention by one delegate, to be elected by the congre- 
gation Irom among the adult male communicants of the Mis- 
sion, subject to the conditions and limitations of the preceding 

Sec. 6. If any Parish or Mission shall neglect or decline to 
appoint delegates, or if any of those appointed shall neglect 
or be prevented from attending, such Parish or Mission shall, 
nevertheless, be bound by the acts of the Convention. 

Constitution. Articles IV, V, VI. 


Section i. The Convention shall be the sole judge of the 
election of its own members. It shall have power to adopt 
rules of order for its own government, elect officers and raise 
funds, and shall also have such other legislative powers as 
may be necessary and proper for the well-being of the 

Sec. 2. The Convention shall have no power to pass any 
Canon infringing the Episcopal Authority, or affecting the 
spiritual condition of the Diocese, against the express dissent 
of the Bishop: Provided, that said dissent shall be expressed 
at that or the ensuing Annual Convention. 

Sec. 3. But this shall not prevent the Convention from 
offering, independently of the Bishop, resolutions of advice 
or inquiry, or from any proceedings necessary for the purpose 
of impeachment. 


To constitute a quorum for the purpose of ordinary busi- 
ness, the presence of one-third of all the Parochial and Mis- 
sionary Clergy, and of delegates from ten of the Parisnes 
entitled to representation in the Convention, shall be neces- 
sary. Any less number shall be competent to receive reports 
and to adjourn. 


Section i. Upon any question before the Convention, 
when it may be required by any one Clerical member, or by 
the delegation present of any one Parish, the two orders shall 
vote separately. And in all cases of a vote* by orders, each 
Clerical member shall be entitled to one vote, and each Parish 
shall also be entitled to one vote, and a concurrence of ma- 
jorities of both orders shall be necessary to a decision. When 
no such division is called for, each member of the Convention 
shall be entitled to one vote. 

Sec. 2. All elections shall be by ballot, unless otherwise 
unanimously ordered. 

Pc.wers of the 



1868: 46. 

Vote by- 


"^ee Art. 8 of 
1 8 17, also 

Constitution. Articles VII, VIII, 

Officers of the 

[a] 1817. 

in 1825: 20. 




[c] 1830 

1829: 22. 


Section i. The Convention shall annually elect a [a] Pres- 
ident (who shall be a Presbyter of the Diocese), a \_a] Secre- 
tary and [<^] a Treasurer. 

Sec. 2. Should there at any time be no such election, then 
I the officers las^ before elected shall hold over till such election 
shall be had. 

Sec. 3. Should the office of Secretary or that of Treasurer 
become vacant, by death or otherwise, at any time preceding 
the annual election, the Ecclesiastical Authority shall be em- 
powered to appoint some person to fill the vacancy till such 
time as an election shall be had, who shall be competent to 
all the powers and duties of the office as if regularly elected 


Section i. A Standing Committee or Council of Advice to 
the Bishop, of not less than five persons, shall be annually 
elected by the Convention. [<:] A majority of said commit- 
tee shall at all times be Clergymen of the Diocese, and no 
layman not a communicant shall be a member thereof. 

Sec. 2. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancy 
that may occur in their own body between the annual meet- 
ings of the Convention. 

Sec. 3. When there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee 
shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, and as 
such, may invite the temporary services of other Bishops, and, 
for due cause, may change the time or place of the annual 
meetings of the Convention. They may also summon special 
Conventions when there is no Bishop, and shall do so upon 
the call of one-third of the Clergy ol the Diocese, or of one- 
third of the Parishes in union with the Convention, as appear- 
mg upon the lists of the Journal last before published. And 
although there be a Bishop, the Standing Committee shall 
have power to call special Conventions for the purpose of 
proceedings relative to his impeachment, and shall do so upon 
a similar requisition by the Clergy or Laity. 

Constitution. Article IX. 


Section i. Any ten or more adults may oro^anize them- 
selves into a Parish, and be received into union with the Con- 
vention, by taking- such steps as may be provided for by 
Canon. [«] And the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese 
may organize Missions in such manner as shall be provided 
by Canon, in any part of the Diocese not included within the 
limits of an organized Parish in union with the Convention. 

Sec. 2. Provided, that it shall always be competent to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, with the consent in 
writing of the Rector of any Parish, a copy of which consent 
shall be filed with the Registrar of the Diocese, to establish 
within the limits of said Parish independent missionary con- 
gregations, whose ministers shall be independent of the Rector 
and responsible only to the Ecclesiastical Authority aforesaid: 
Provided furthermore, if the consent of the Rector be denied, 
an appeal may be taken to the Bishop, whose decision, if by 
the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, shall be 

Sec. 3. In all Parochial elections none shall be entitled to 
vote but males of the age of twenty-one years, members of 
the Parish, who shall have subscribed a declaration in the 
following words, viz. : 

"We, the undersigned, do hereby consent to be governed 
by the Constitution and Canons of the Church, as set forth in 
General Convention, and by the Constitution and Canons of 
the Church in this Diocese": Provided, that this section shall 
not be taken to infringe upon the existing customs of any 
already organized Parish. 

Sec. 4. Any Parish ceasing to be represented in the Con- 
vention for two successive years, or any Parish resisting the 
authority of the Convention, may be suspended from the right 
of representation, or its connection with the Convention be 
dissolved, by a vote of a majority of all the Parochial Clergy, 
and a majority of delegates from at least twenty Parishes. 
But such suspension or dissolution shall never take place 
without previous inquiry by a committee appointed for the 
purpose, and a report upon the facts of the case; nor until 
after thirty days' notice to the Rector or Vestry, or in case 
there be none, then to some member of the Parish in default. 


of Parishes, 



See Canon of 

1821. 19. 

[<2] 1887: 41. 



1868: 46. 

Constitution. Articles X, XI, XII, XIII. 

Who is a' 
Rector. Hi 
rights and 


Trial of Cler- 


Election of a 

I 68: 46. 

See Article 9. 


See also Canon 

of 1830. 




Section, i. Any Presbyter regularly called to the charge 
of a Parish and entering thereupon, shall, during the time of 
such charge, be held to be the Rector of said Parish. 

Sec. 2. The Recter is recoj^nized as having, by virtue of 
his office, the exclusive regulation, under his canonical supe- 
riors, of all the spiritual concerns of the Parish; as being 
entitled at all times to have access to the church building, 
and to open the same for the services or instruction of this 
Church, as he may deem proper; to call meetings of the 
Vestry or congregation; when present, to preside in the same, 
and, in case of a tie, to give the casting vote. 


The Convention shall pass Canons for the trial of Clergy- 


Section i. When a Bishop or Assistant Bishop is to be 
elected, the Convention shall always vote by distinct orders 
on this wise: The Clergy, by a majority of all in the Diocese 
entitled to seats in the Convention, shall make a nomination 
by ballot for the office; and then a concurrence by ballot of a 
majority of the delegates from at least twenty Parishes in 
union with, the Convention (the said delegates voting by 
Parishes) shall be necessary to complete the election. 

Sec. 2. In the election of a Bishop, or upon any question 
touching the same, no Clergyman who shall have become 
canonically connected with the Diocese during the vacancy in 
the Episcopate, and no Parish which shall have been received 
into union with the Convention during such vacancy, shall be 
permitted to vote. 


No new Canon shall be passed, nor shall any existing 
Canon be amended, upon the day upon which said new Canon 
or amendment may be proposed, without unanimous consent. 
Nor, without a similar consent, shall the question upon such 
Canon or amendment be finally put without previous reference 
to a committee. 

Constitution. Articles XIV, XV. 


Section i. This Constitution shall not be altered or 
amended without — 

First. A concurrent vote of a majority of both orders 
present at one Annual Convention proposing said alteration. 

Secoyid. The adoption of the proposed alteration or amend- 
ment, at the next ensuing Annual Convention, by a majority 
of all the Clergy present, and a majority of the delegates from 
at least twenty Parishes entitled to seats in said Convention, 
the said delegates voting by Parishes. 

Sec. 2 Provided, that the consideration of the proposed 
amendment may always be postponed to the next Annual 
Convention by a vote of two-thirds of both orders present. 


All Constitutional enactments shall take effect from and 
after the adjournment of the Convention at which they shall 
have been ratified. 

to the Consti- 


take effect — 




Canons. Chapter I, Canons I, II. 




Whenever the prevalence of an epidemic or contagious 
disease, or other sufficient cause, shall render it necessary, the 
[«] Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese may change the 
place and time of meeting of the Diocesan Convention. 



Section i. — Clergy. — It shall be the duty of theSecretary, 
before the opening of the Annual Convention, to apply to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority for a correct list of the Clergy entitled 
to seats. Such list shall h^ prima facie evidence of said title, 
and from it the Secretary shall prepare the roll for the pur- 
pose of organization. 

Sec. 2. — Laity. — The Secretaries of the several Parish 
Vestries, [<«] and the clerks of organized Missions, electing lay 
delegates to the Convention, shall furnish three certificates of 
said election, whereof one shall be handed to the delegates 
elect, one shall be forwarded to the Secretary of the Conven- 
tion, and one to the minister of the Parish where the Conven- 
tion is to be held, the latter two to be mailed at least two 
weeks before the time appointed for the opening of the ses- 
sion. From these certificates the Secretary shall prepare a 
list of lay delegates, to be called at the opening of the Con- 

1824: 29. 

[a] 1859. 


[a] 1887: 



Canons. Chapter I. Canons II, III, IV, V, VI. 


Art. 4 of Con- 
stitution of 
1817, except as 
to the celebra- 
tion of the 
Holy Com- 



Art. 5 of 
Const, of 



[a] 1879: 48, 

vention ; nor shall he insert any name upon the roll without 
the evidence of one of said certificates, unless specially 
directed to do so by the Convention. Defective or doubtful 
certificates shall be laid aside, to be acted, upon alter the Con- 
vention shall have been organized. 



At the openings of the Convention, divine service shall be 
celebrated and the Holy Communion administered, and a 
sermon shall be preached by some Clerg^yman appointed for 
the purpose by the Ecclesiastical Authority. 



The Convention shall adopt Rules of Order, which shall 
continue in force till altered. 



The President shall preside at all meetings of the Conven- 
tion, in the absence of a Bishop competent to do so, according 
to the provisions of the Constitution. 



The Secretary shall issue the prescribed notices of the an- 
nual meetings of the Convention, and in case of special meet- 
ings of the same, or of a change in the time or place of the 
regular meeting, shall, under the direction of the Ecclesiastical 
Authority, issue notices thereof. He shall prepare the canon- 
ical lists of the Clergy and lay delegates entitled to seats therein. 
In the absence of both Bishop and President, he shall call the 
Convention to order tor the purpose of organization. He 
shall keep a record of its proceedings, under its direction, in a 
[a] suitable book to be kept for that purpose; shall prepare 

Canons. Chapter I. Canons VI, VII, VIII. 

and issue its journals; shall preserve and have ready for refer- 
ence all papers belon£]^u^ to the same, not specially given into 
other hands; \_d'\ and shall also be the Registrar of the Diocese. 
[<:] The Treasurer is hereby directed to pay out of the funds of 
the Diocese, on the written application of the Secretary, the 
expenses necessarily incurred by the latter, from time to time, 
in discharging the duties prescribed by this Canon. 



Section i. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds 
or moneys belonging to the Diocese; shall, under the direction 
of the Convention, receive, invest and disburse the same, and 
shall keep and return an account thereof to each annual 
meeting; [<2] and shall also report annually a complete list of 
all securities belonging to the Diocese. He shall give bond 
for the faithful discharge of his duties, in such sum as the 
Trustees of the Diocese may from time to time designate, 
such bond to be deposited with the Trustees of the Diocese. 

Sec. 2. — He shall deposit the bonds and other securities in 
his hands in a place of safety, to be designated by the Trus- 
tees of the Diocese. 



Section i. In addition to the Standing Committee there 
shall be annually elected the following commjttees, who shall 
remain in ofhce until the election of their successors, viz. : An 
Executive Missionary Committee, to consist of [a~} four Cler- 
gymen and five Laymen, each Convocation to be represented 
in both orders, and five members (of whom the Bishop may 
be one) constituting a quorum; an Education Committee, to 
consist of three; a Church Building Committee, to consist of 
five; besides the Bishop, who shall be ex-officio chairman of 
said committees. 

There shall be annually appointed by the Bishop, or in his 
absence by the President of the Convention, a Committee on 
Canons and a Committee on the State of the Church, each to 
consist of three Clergymen and two laymen, and Committees 
on Finance, on Elections, on New Parishes, and on Unfinished 

M 1867: 


M 1872: 

and 43. 



Canon of 1825: 

\ol\ 1872: 40 
and 43. 

18S2: 60 and 


W 1885: 37 
and 42. 

Prior to 1882 
this paragraph a rule of 



Canons. Chapter I. Canon VIII. 



Before 1859 '^ 

was a Standing 


pissed 1852; 



Business, each to consist of /wo Clergymen and //iree laymen. 

Sec. 2. — Standivg Commiitee. — The Standing Committee 
shall elect a President and Secretary from their own body. 
They shall assemble upon the call ot their President when- 
ever he may deem it necessary. He shall also summon them 
whenever required to do so by the Bishop, or by any three 
members of the committee. In the event of a vacancy in 
the Episcopate, the President shall call a meeting within 
thirty days after knowledge of the fact. The Standing Com- 
mittee shall hold meetings for the transaction of business on 
the third Tuesday preceding the stated times of ordination, 
and at each Convention: Provided, that the committee shall 
not be required to meet except upon notice by the President. 
They shall also report to the annual meetings of the Con- 
vention the transactions of the preceding year. A record of 
all their official acts shall be kept by their Secretary, which 
shall always be open to the inspection of the Bishop and ol 
the Convention. 

Sec. 3. — Executive Mis sio7iary Co?nmiitee. — The Executive 
Missionary Committee shall have in charge the Missionary 
Funds of the Diocese, for which they shall be empowered to 
draw upon its Treasurer, the order of their chairman being 
the Treasurer's warrant. They shall receive applications for 
aid; they shall report annually to the Convention their trans- 
actions during the previous year, and the condition of the 
missionary held, and shall make such recommendations for the 
future as may seem to them good. Under the direction of 
the Bishop — if there be one — they shall select the Missionaries 
or Misssionary Stations to be aided, and in the absence of 
specific directions by the Convention shall make such appro- 
priations to the same as may seem to them suitable. \_a\ With 
the consent of the Bishop, they may appropriate moneys to 
Convocations, instead of individuals; and may leave to these 
Convocations, under the direction of the Bishop, the selection 
of Missionaries or Missionary Stations to be aided. 

Sfc. 4. — Educatiofi Committee. — The Education Committee 
shall have charge of the Education Fund of the Diocese, 
with power, in the absence of express provisions to the con- 
trary, to invest or appropriate the same as may seem to them 
best. They shall be empowered to draw upon the Treasurer 

Canons. Chapter I. Canon VIII. 

oi the Diocese for all such funds in his hands, and the order 
of their chairman shall be his warrant. They shal receive, 
consider and act upon all applications for aid in behalf of 
young: men desirous to enter the Ministry of the Church. 
They are hereby directed to seek out such cases, and, if need 
be, bring them to the notice of the Church in any way that 
may seem best. They shall report annually to the Conven- 
tion their transactions of the preceding year, and the condition 
of the fund under their control, and shall make such recom- 
mendations for the future as may seem to them good. 

Sec. 5. Church Btiildi?ig Committee. — The Church Build- 
ing Committee shall have charge of all funds contributed in 
the Diocese for the purpose of aiding feeble congregations 
within the Diocese in building . or repairing churches, with 
power to invest or appropriate the same as may seem to them 
best: Provided, that there shall be no appropriation of the 
funds of this committee towards any building not secured to 
the sole use of the Protectant Episcopal Church in the 
Diocese of North Carolina. The committeeshall be empowered 
to draw upon the Treasurer of the Diocese for such funds as 
he may have received for church building; and the order of 
their chairman shall be his warrant. They shall report 
annually to the Convention their transactions of the preceding 
year, and the condition of the fund under their control, and 
shall make such recommendations for the future as may seem 
to them good. 

Sec. 6. — Committee on Canons. — The Committee on Canons 
shall receive, consider and present to the Convention all 
motions or resolutions pertaining to the Constitution, Canons, 
and Rules of Order, and are competent to originate any new 
matter touching these subjects, that they shall see proper. 

The'Committee on Canons may report to the Convention at 
which they are appointed, or on the morning of the second 
day of the next succeeding Convention. 

Sec. 7. — Committee on the State of the Church. — It shall be 
the duty of the Committee on the State of the Church, from 
such materials as may be placed before them, to report to the 
Convention at some time during its session, the condition of 
the Diocese, with such particular statements, or such recom- 
mendations, as may seem to them desirable. 

1863; 32, 33. 

1871: 41. 
1880: 42. 



Canons. Chapter I. Canons VIII. IX, X. 

1871: 41. 

Rule of Order, 

[a] 1882: 37. 


See Resolu- 
tion of Con- 
vention, 1856: 



Sec. 8. — Committee on Finance. — The Committee on Finance 
shall audit the Treasurer's accoints. They shall have power 
to report a scale of assessments for the purpose of raising 
funds required for Diocesan purposes; they may receive appli- 
cations for the alteration of the said scale, \_a] and shall have 
power to modify the same for the current year, reporting all 
such applications and their action thereon to the Convention. 
They shall report to each Convention the general condition ol 
the several funds of the Diocese, with such deficits in the 
assessments as may be discoverable. They may make such 
recommendations as may seem to them desirable, and shall 
act upon all other matters relative to Diocesan property com- 
mitted to them by the Convention. 



The contributions to the Relief Fund shall be distributed 
under the direction of the Bishop. 



At each Annual Convention there may. and at each Annual 
Convention immediately preceding the triennial session of the 
General Convention there shall, be elected four clerical and 
four lay deputies to the said General Convention, who shall 
be, in accordance with Article II of the Constitution of the 
General Convention, "Communicants in this Church and 
residents in the Diocese." There may also be appointed four 
alternate clerical and four alternate lay deputies, subject to 
the same provisions as the original deputies above mentioned. 
The said alternate deputies shall succeed to vacancies in the 
original deputation — the Clergy in the order of official and 
the laymen in that of perso?ial seniority. And in this order 
the Secretary shall insert their names upon the journal. 
Deputies elect to the General Convention, finding themselves 
unable to attend, shall, four weeks at least belore the time of 
meeting, give notice to the first alternate of the same order. 

Canons. Chapter I. Canons X, .XI, XII, 

Should said alternate be unable to attend, he shall give imme- 
diate notice to the next upon the list of the same order with 
himself. Should either of said alternates receive two or more 
of such notices, he shall, according to the circumstances, 
transmit said notices to one or more of the alternates who 
follow him, and in the order in which they come. 



Section i. The Bishop, or, when there is no Bishop, the 
President of the Standing Committee, shall, ex-officio, with 
two laymen to be elected by the Convention, constitute a 
Board of Trustees for the Church in this Diocese, and shall be 
authorized to hold the property of the Diocese, not otherwise 
provided for ; [a] they shall also have the power to convey 
the property of any organized Parish for whose use they hold 
the same, upon request in writing of the Vestry, if it shall 
seem advisable to them to do so. In the case of Missionary 
districts of the Diocese, they may convey property upon the 
recommendation of the Bishop and the Missionary in charge. 
In case of refusal to convey upon request made, they shall 
report the facts to the next Convention. [<^] They shall also, 
from time to lime, give directions to the Treasurer in regard 
to the investment of the permanent and unappropriated funds 
of the Diocese in his hands. 

Sec. 2. The Trustees of the Diocese shall keep a record of 
their action with regard to all property, both real and per- 
sonal, vested in them; and shall make a full report thereof 
annually to the Convention, which report shall be published 
with the Journal of the Convention. 



Section i. The salary of the Bishop of the Diocese is 
hereby fixed, as heretofore, at two thousand five hundred 
dollars per annum; to be paid by the Treasurer out of the 
funds in his hands for that purpose. 


Before 1859 it 
was a standing 
passed 1845. 
33 under Act 
of the General 
Assembly of 
January 8th, 

[a] 1884: 30, 

[/5] 1868: 49. 

1886: 33, 35. 


1870; 40 and 


Befor 1870 

this Section 

was a Standing 


Canons. Chapter I. Canons XII, XIII, XIV. 

Standing Res- 
[a] 1856: 13. 
[i] 1856: 62. 

[c] 1856: 66. 

[d] 1881: 55- 



[/] 1879: 49- 

[a] 1863: 27. 
By the Canon 
of 1859 it was 
a sum certain, 
viz.: ^50. 

1876: 74 

and 79. 

See also Canon 
passed 1824: 

[aj 1887: 42, 

1872: 40 

and 51. 

fa] Quarterly 

Sec. 2. — Officers of the Convention, &c. — The [«] Secre- 
tary, the Treasurer, the [<5] clerical members of the Diocesan 
Convention, and the members of the \_c] Standing Committee 
of the I-iocese, of the [^] Finance Committee, of the [^] 
Committee on Canons, and of the [^] Executive Missionary 
Committee, in actual attendance upon the duly called meet- 
ings of the bodies to which they severally belong, shall be 
entitled to have their necessary expenses, incurred by such 
attendance, paid out of the funds of the Diocese; and the 
Treasurer of the Diocese is hereby directed to pay the same 
upon the personal application (by letter or otherwise) of said 
parties, accompanied by a certificate of the amount actually 
and necessarily expended in each instance. [/] But no Cler- 
gyman who comes to the Convention after the first day of its 
session, or leaves before its adjournment, shall be entitled to 
the provisions of this section, without special action of the 

Sec. 3. — Clerical Deputies. — Each Clerical Deputy to the 
General Convention, actually attending the same, shall be 
entitled to have \jx\ his necessary expenses, incurred by such 
attendance, paid out of the funds of the Diocese. And the 
Treasurer is hereby directed to pay the same upon his appli- 



The assessments laid upon the Parishes \ci\ and Missions 
for the support of the Episcopate and the current expenses 
of the Diocese, shall be paid in quarterly instalments, on or 
before the ist days ol July, October, January and April, in 
each year. And in case of the failure of any Parish \a\ or 
Mission to meet promptly the payment so required, it shall 
be the duty of the Treasurer to make a demand for the same. 



Section i. It shall be the duty of every Clergyman of the 
Diocese to make collections monthly, if practicable — at least 
[<aj] quarterly — in the Parish or Parishes under his charge 

Canons. Chapter I. Canons XIV, XV, XVI. 

in aid of the Current Missionary Fund of the Diocese; and 
also to make collections in the same, at least once in each 
year, in aid of the Education Fund, the Church Building 
Fund and the Relief Fund of the Diocese: [<^] Provided, That 
in Parishes and Congregations in which only monthly or 
semi-monthly services are held, collections for Diocesan Mis- 
sions may be made in the former only once a year and in the 
latter twice a year, but public notice of these collections shall 
in. all cases be previously given. 

Section 2. It shall be the duty of the Clergyman, or of 
some proper officer of each Parish, to remit promptly to the 
Treasurer of the Diocese the amounts collected as herein 


permanent episcopal fund. 

There shall be established, to aid in the support of the Epis- 
copate, a fund to be called the Permanent Episcopal Fund, to 
include all sums hitherto contributed specifically to that 
object, or which mav hereafter be contributed, whereof the 
principal shall remain untouched, and only the interest be 
applied to the support of the Episcopate. 

And the Treasurer is hereby directed to add to the same, 
from time to time, all the surplus remaining from the amounts 
received by assessment or otherwise, for the support of the 
Episcopate and the contingent expenses of the Diocese, after 
payment of the Bishop's salary and contingent expenses. 


permanent missionary fund. 

Section i . When any funds shall be contributed or col- 
lected for a Permanent Missionary Fund, the amount shall be 
invested and only the interest thereof shall be applied to cur- 
rent missionary expenses. 

Sec. 2. Any surplus which may remain from the amounts 
received for current missionary expenses, whether by interest 
upon the permanent fund aforesaid, by assessment or other- 
wise, after payment of such current missionary expenses, shall 
be added to the permanent fund aforesaid. 

first mentioned 
1844: 34, 
Until 1867: 47 
the Missionary 
and the Relief 
Fund were as- 
sessed on the 

[^] 1884: 30, 


1823; 22. 


See 1872: 40 
and 44. 

Canons. Chapter I. Canons XVII, XVIII, XIX. 

1868: 49. 


See Resolu- 
tion of 1832: 


See Canon 
XII of 1830. 


unappropriated funds. 

All permanent and unappropriated funds belonging to the 
Diocese shall be invested by the Treasurer in safe securities, 
under the direction ot the Trustees of the Diocese. 



All Clergymen receiving aid from the missionary funds of 
the Diocese shall be liable to perform regular missionary duty, 
the sphere of which shall be fixed by the Bishop, and the 
amount by the Bishop and Missionary Committee. 


journals of the convention. 

The Secretary shall, each year, preserve thirty copies of the 
Journal for the use of the members of the next ensuing Con- 


Canons. Chapter II. Canon I. 



Section i. The Diocese shall be divided into [a] four Mis- 
sionary Convocations (the boundaries of which shall be made 
by the Convocations, with the consent of the Bishop), to be 
styled the Convocations of \_a] Tarboro, of Raleigh, of Char- 
lotte, and ot [^] Asheville. 

Sec. 2. The Convocations shall be organized under the 
direction of the Bishop, who shall preside in them when 
present. In the absence of the Bishop, the Assistant Bishop, 
if any, shall preside when present. Each Convocation shall 
have a Dean, to be appointed annually by the Bishop, on 
nomination of the Convocation. The Dean shall perform 
such duties as may be assigned him by the Bishop or Convo- 
cation, and shall report to the Convention, through the Bishop, 
at each annual session, concerning the work in his Convoca- 

Sec. 3. Each Convocation shall meet at least twice during 
the year, and shall consist of the Clergy who reside, or are 
engaged in pastoral work within its limits, and of lay com- 
municants, from each Parish or Mission, to be chosen accord- 
ing to rules adopted by the Convocation. 

1875: 68, 

[a] Amended 
upon forma- 
tion of the 
Diocese of 
East Carolina, 
1884: 13 and 

[^^ Asheville 
substituted for 
1887: 66. 


Canons. Chapter III. Canon I. 


Form of sub- 
bcription pre- 
sented 1842: 

1845: 38. 




Section i. In order to the organization of a new Parish, 
and its union with the Convention, it shall be necessary — 

First. To obtain the written consent of the Ecclesiastical 

Second. If within the limits of some already existing Parish 
or Parishes, to obtain and present to the Convention the written 
consent ol the Rector or Rectors of the Parish or Parishes. 

Third. To assume a name and elect a Vestry. 

Fourth. To subscribe and present to the Convention a 
certificate in the following words, viz: "We, the undersigned, 
being adults, desirous to form ourselves into a Parish of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of North Caro- 
lina, do certify that we consent to be gov^erned by the 
Constitution and Canons of the Church, as set forth in the 
General Convention, and by the Constitution and Canons ot 
the Church in this Diocese; that we have assumed the name 
of , and have elected the following persons Vestry- 
men: . In witness whereof, we have hereunto 

subscribed our names, this day of , in the year of 

our Lord ." For the purpose of recording said sub- 
scription, as also for the purpose of receiving the subscriptions 
of subsequent voters, provided for by Article IX, Sec. 3, of 
the Constitution, *a book shall be kept by the Vestry of each 
Parish and Mission, and shall be present at the elections. 

Sec. 2. Any Mission outside the limits of an already exist- 
ing Parish may be organized by the Bishop, at his discretion, 
on the application of residents in its neighborhood. 

The Bishop may appoint, upon the organization of the 
Mission, a Church Warden, a Clerk and a Treasurer (if he 
deem it expedient, combining any two of these of^ces in one 
person), which officers shall thereafter be elected by the con- 

Canons. Chapter III. Canons I, II. 

^regation annually in Easter week, after public notice of the 
election previously given. These officers shall, as far as 
possible, discharge the duties belonging to their respective 
offices in regularly incorporated Parishes, and they shall retain 
their offices until their successors are duly elected. 

The congregation of any organized Mission may appoint 
from their number one delegate to the Convention, and one 
alternate delegate, in accordance with Article III, Section 5. 
of the Constitution. 



Section i. — Vestry. — Upon Easter Monday, unless some 
other day has been specified by the Vestry, each Parish shall 
annually elect, \a\ from among the baptized members of the 
Parish in good moral standing, a Vestry of not less than three, 
nor more than twelve persons. But in the event, at any time, 
of an omission to elect, or of \_f\ a refusal of the Vestry elect 
to serve, the Vestry last chosen shall hold over until another 
election shall be held. 

Sec. 2. — Wardens. — Each Vestry shall annually elect a 
Senior and a Junior Warden [a] being Communicants, from 
among their own number, the former upon nomination by the 
Rector. If there be no Rector, the election shall proceed 
without such nomination. 

Sec. 3. — Duties of M/ardens. — In the absence of the Rector, 
the Wardens shall preside in all meetings of the Vestry or 
congregation, in the order of their official seniority. As 
representatives ot the Vestry, they shall (subject to its direc- 
tions and in consistency with the rights of the Pastor) have 
charge of the church building, and shall see that it be kept 
from all secular uses, and trom all uses inconsistent with the 
doctrines or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church; 
and, so far as possible, in good repair, as becometh the house 
of God, They shall see that it be prepared for public 
worship, and that order be preserved during the same; that 
suitable books be provided for the service, vestments for the 
Clergy, and, when necessary, the elements for the Holy Com- 



[a] 1868: 
and 49 


[i] 1882: 37. 

[a] 1888: 61 

Canons. Chapter III. Canons II, III. IV, V. 



33. 35- 


Sec. 4. — Treasurer. — In the absence of any other appoint- 
ment, the Junior Warden shall act as Treasurer of the Parish. 

Sec. 5. — Vestry Meetings in Certain Cases. — Should the 
Rector refuse to call a meeting of the Vestry, when, in the 
opinion of the Wardens or a majority of the Vestry, such a 
meeting would be of importance, it shall be competent to the 
Wardens, or any three of the Vestry, to call one: Provided, 
that the Rector shall have due notice of the same. 



Where there is no Rector, the Wardens and Vestry shall 
have power to call a minister and to enter into all needful 
stipulations for his support. But if he prefer to rely upon 
the voluntary contributions of the people, he shall be entitled 
to do so; and the Vestry shall not have power to tax the sit- 
tings for that purpose without his consent. The Rector shall 
not have power to appoint a permanent assistant without the 
consent of the Vestry. 



Sec. I. — The Vestry shall be the Trustees of the Parish; 
shall have charge of all the secular concerns thereof; shall hold 
the property belonging thereto, and shall be authorized to 
collect, invest or disburse its funds. 

Sec. 2. — Before anv Vestry, or other Trustees of a Congre- 
gation or Parish, shall be authorized to sell, mortgage or 
otherwise convey or encumber any property held by them in 
trust for any Parish or Congregation, they shall obtain the 
written consent of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese. 



In case of the dissolution of a Parish the property belong- 
ing to the same shall vest in the Trustees of the Diocese, in 
trust for the interests ot the Church in the said late Parish, 
and shall, upon the bona fide reorganization of said Parish, 
be reconveyed to the same. 


Canons. Chapter III. Canon VI. 



Section i. — Private and Parish Registers. — It is hereby 
ordered that each Clergyman of this Church \a\ shall keep a 
register of all the baptisms, marriages, confirmations and 
burials solemnized by him, as well as of all the baptisms, 
marriages, confirmations and burials within his Parish or 
Cure, specifying the names of the persons in each instance; 
the \J)\ parentage and date of birth of those baptized, with the 
names of their sponsors or witnesses, and the time when each 
rite is performed, which register shall be transcribed at least 
once in each month into a book to be kept for the purpose by 
the Vestry of the Parish. 

Sec. 2. — Lists of Communicants ^ etc. — It shall also be the 
duty of each Clergyman to keep a \a\ list of the communicants 
within his Cure, and so far as practicable, of all the families 
and adult persons within the same, to remain for the use of 
his successor. 

Sec. 3 — Parochial Reports. — It shall be the duty of each 
Clergyman to \a\ report to the Bishop of the Diocese, by a form 
hereafter provided, on or before the first day of each Annual 
Convention, the number of baptisms, confirmations, marriages 
arid burials among the people of his charge, \b\ from the close 
ot his last report to the Monday preceding each Annual Con- 
vention exclusive; also such official acts as he may have per- 
formed within or without his Cure, specifying in the latter 
case the place where performed. He shall also report, so far 
as practicable, the number of baptized persons and the num- 
ber ot communicants within his Cure, with the number of 
children receiving religious instruction in Sunday-schools or 
Parochial schools; also, the amount of contributions for 
Church purposes, as well as such other matters as may throw 
light upon the state of the Parish. 


[rt;] 1819: 14. 

\b'\ 1881: 103. 

[a] 1819: 14. 

[a] 1819: 14. 

\b'\ 1878: 69, 


Canons. Chapter III. Canon VI. 

[c] 1876: 70. 
This form is 
taken from the 
Journal of the 
General Con- 
vention, 1874: 
394. 395- 
Forms for 
Parochial Re- 
ports were set 
forth by the 
Diocesan Con- 
vention prior 
to 1874: 

ist. 1844: 46. 
2d. 1846: 37. 
3d. 1852: 44 
4th. 1870: 43. 

[d] The sepa- 
rate statement 
of the white 
and colored 
families &c., 
was inserted 
in 1888: 62 


Number of families [d] . 
Whole number of souls 
Baptisms — 



. colored 
. colored 


, colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 
. colored 


white . 

Adults white . 

Total white . 

Confirmations white . 

Communicants — 

Added by removal white . 

Added by admission . . . white . 
Whole number added . . . white . 

Removed white . 

Died white . 

Withdrawn white . 

Suspended white . 

Whole number lost . . white . 

Present number white . 

Marriages white . 

Burials white . 

Public services — On Sundays 

Other days 

Holy Communion — Number times administered, public 


Sunday schools — 

Number white .... colored 

No. Teachers . . white males .... white females 

" . . colored males . . . colored females 

Other officers . . white males .... white females 

" . . colored males . . . colored females 

Scholars white males .... white females .... 

colored males . . . colored females .... 

Parish Schools— Number of . . . white . . . colored 

Number of teachers . . . white colored 

Other officers . . . white colored 

Scholars . . white males .... white females . 

. . colored males . . . colored females . 

Other Parochial institutions 


Canons. Chapter III. Canon VI. 

FORM OF REPORT— Continued. 


Parochial — Communion alms 


Rector's salary 

Current expenses 

Parish expenses 



Diocesan — Episcopal and Contingent Fund 

Diocesan Missions 

Church Building Fund .... 

Education Fund 

Relief Fund 




Do nestic Missions 

Colored people 




Total . . . 

Churches — Number 


Sittings in churches 
Sittings in chapels . 

Estimated value of church or chapel . . 

" rectory 

" " other church property 


Amount of indebtedness on church property . . 


Sec. ^.^Reading of said reports. — The said reports, or 
such parts of the same as the Bishop may deem fit, may be 
read in the Diocesan Convention, and shall be entered upon 
the journals thereof. 


Canons. Chapter III. Canon VI. 

Standing Res- 
olution passed 
1835: 27. 

1886: 34,35. 

Sec. 5. — If there be no Pastor. — In the case of a Parish 
without a Pastor, it shall be the duty of the Vestry to make 
the Parochial Report required by this Canon. 

Sec. 6. — Communicants to be Reported. — Every confirmed 
person, resident of the Parish, who has been admitted to the 
Holy Communion, and has not withdrawn nor been suspended, 
shall be reckoned a communicant for the purposes of this Canon. 


Canons. Chapter IV. — Discipline. Canon I. 



trial of clergymen. 

Section i. — The Preseyitment. — Any Clergyman shall be 
liable to presentment and trial for false doctrine, immorality, 
disorderly conduct, violation of the rubrics, of the Constitu- 
tion or Canons of the Church of the United States, or of the 
Constitutions or Canons of the Church of this Diocese. 

Such presentment shall be made by the Vestry of the Parish 
in which said Clergyman has charge, or in which he resides, 
or by at least three male communicants of the Diocese, of full 
age, or by two or more Presbyters, who shall have been canon- 
ically resident therein for one year. 

But no presentment shall be made in any case of any offence 
alleged to have been committed more than three years before 
the date of* the presentment: Provided^ that if the accused be 
convicted of the alleged offence in a civil court, presentment 
may still be made within one year after said conviction. 

Said presentment shall be made to the Bishop, in writing, 
with the names of the presenters subscribed, and shall dis- 
tinctly declare, with all reasonable specification of time and 
circumstances, the nature of the offence or offences with which 
the said Clergyman may be charged. 

Sec. 2. — Public Rumor. — But although no such present- 
ment be made, \{ public rumor charge any Clergyman with 
the commission of any of the offences above enumerated, the 
Bishop shall appoint two or more Presbyters to investigate 
the truth of such rumor; and if such investigation prove 
adverse to the Clergyman so charged, the said Presbyters shall 
make the presentment as above, according to the form and 
regulations there provided. 


The only Can- 
ons on this sub- 
ject prior to 
passed in 1818. 


Canons. Chapter IV. Canon I, 

The presenters shall, in all cases, assume the responsibility 
of conducting the prosecution. 

Sec. 3. — Service of Presentment — Constitution of Court. — 
Should the Bishop be of opinion, from the nature of the charge 
or charges made, that the presentment contains sufficient 
grounds for proceeding to trial, he shall cause a copy thereof 
to be forthwith sent to the accused. He shall then give notice 
to the Standing Committee, who thereupon shall select seven 
Presbyters, actually and canonically resident in the Diocese, 
from whom the President of the Standing Committee shall, 
in writing, call upon the accused to elect three. But in case 
the accused refuse or neglect to make such election within ten 
days after due notice as aforesaid, the Standing Committee 
shall make the said election. 

The three Presbyters so elected shall constitute a court for 
the trial of the accused, and shall have all powers necessary 
for the due conducting of the said trial. 

Sec. 4. — Lay Assessor. — The Bishop shall appoint a mem- 
ber of the legal profession, who shall also be a communicant 
of the Church, as Assessor to the Court, to advise the Court, 
if requested, upon all questions of law which may arise during 
the trial. 

Sec. 5. — ■■ Time and Place of Trial and Notice Thereof. — The 
Bishop shall appoint a time and place of trial, and shall give 
at least thirty days' notice of the same to the members ol the 
Courts the Assessor, the Presenters, and the Accused; at which 
time and place the Witnesses also shall be notified to attend. 

Sec. 6 — Assembling of Court a7id Record of Proceedings. — 
The Court shall assemble at the time and place appointed, 
and shall proceed to examine fully the charges; and shall 
keep an accurate record of all their proceedings and of the 

See. 7. — Nature of Evidence and How Given. — No charge 
shall be considered as established, unless proven by two wit- 
nesses., or by one witness and corroborating circumstances. 

Testimony may be given orally before the Court, or in 
writing, upon interrogatories and cross-interrogatories, to be 
previously filed with the Secretary or Registrar of the Court. 
Any one or more of the witnesses may be examined on oath 
or affirmation, on the requisition of either party. 


Canons. Chapter IV. Canon I. 

Sfc. 8. — Decisic7i of ihe Court and Ihe Sentence. — A unani- 
mous vote of the Court on one or more of the charges, shall 
be necessary to the convicton oi the accused; and if their 
decision be adverse to the accused they shall proceed to deter- 
mine the kind and degree of punishment commensurate, in 
their opinion, with the oiTence or offences committed. They 
shall transmit the record of rheir proceedings [a] under their 
hands to the Bishop, who shall have power to afhrm, modify, 
or set aside said judgment, and whose decision shall be final, 
except that he shall have no power Xoincrease the punishment 
recommended by the Court. 

Sec. 9. — Suspension, or any heavier sentence, shall, ipso 
Jacto, sever the connection of the Clergyman with his Parish. 

Sec. 10. — The Record to be Filed. — The record provided 
for in the sixth section of this Canon, together with the 
Bishop's sentence endorsed, shall be preserved among the 
papers of the Diocese. 

Sec. II. — Aotices. — For the purpose of any notice provided 
for by this Canon, it shall be sufficieut to serve it either per- 
sonally or by leaving a copy thereof at the last place of resi 
dence of the accused. 

Sec. 12. — Confessio7i of an Offence^ — When a Clergyman 
shall make confession to the Bishop of the commission oi any 
of the offences enumeiated in the first section of this Canon, 
the Bishop shall proceed to inflict such ecclesiastical censure, 
or punishment, upon the Clergyman so confessing, as he (the 
Bishop) shall think right. 

Sec. 13. — Renunciation of False Doctri?ie. — In the case of 
any accusation of false doctrime, a renunciation of the same, to 
the satisfaction of the Bishop, shall stay all further proceed ings. 

[«] 1888: 62 

Rules of Order. 


I. Upon the day appointed, the Convention shall assemble 
at lo a. m., for the purpose of organization. The presiding 
officer shall call the convention to order, and cause the roll to 
be called; whereupon, should a quorum be present, the Con- 
vention shall be declared organized. 

II. After la] the Holy Communion has been celebrated, the 
Convention shall proceed to the election of a President and 

- Ill The Convention shall elect a Treasurer after the 
report of the Committee on Finance. 

IV. All committees shall be appointed by the President, 
unless otherwise ordered. 

V. The regular committees shall be — 

The Committee on the State of the Church, to 

consist of five persons; 
The Committee on Elections, 
The Committee on New Parishes, 
The Committee on Unfinished Business, to con- 
sist each of three. 
The said committees shall be appointed at as early a period 
in the session as may be practicable. 

VI. The order of business shall be as follows: 

The Bishop's Address. 

Communications from the President. 

Reports from — The Committee on Elections, 

Committee on New Parishes, 


Standing Committee, 

These Rules of 
Order were 

[a] 1887:43- 


Rules of Order. 

Committees appointed at last Convention, 


Finance Committee, 

Committee on Canons, 

Committee on Unfinished Business, 

Committee on the State of the Church, 

Other Special Committees, 
Petitions anti memorials, 
Motions and resolutions. 

VII. After the President has taken the chair no member 
shall continue standings, except to address the chair. 

VIII. Speakers shall address the chair, and shall confine 
themselves to the point in debate. 

IX. No motion shall be considered unless seconded, and> 
if required, reduced to writing. 

X. When the President is putting any question, the mem- 
bers shall continue in their seats, and shall not hold any 
private discourse. 

XI. When a question is under consideration, no motion 
shall be received, unless to lay upon the table, to postpone to 
a certain time, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to amend, 
or to divide; and motions for any of these purposes shall have 
precedence in the order herein named. The motions to lay 
on the table and to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall 
be decided without debate; and of these the motion to adjourn 
shall take precedence. 

XII. If the question under debate contains several distinct 
propositions, the same shall be divided at the request of any 
member, and a vote taken separately, except that a motion to 
strike out and insert shall be indivisible. 

XIII. All amendments shall be considered in the order in 
which they are moved. 

When a proposed amendment is under consideration, a mo- 
tion to amend the same may be made. No after amendment 
to such second amendment shall be in order. But when an 
amendment to an amendment is under consideration, a sub- 
stitute to the whole matter may be received. No proposition 
on a subject different from the one under consideration shall be 
received under color of a substitute. 


Rules of Order. 

XIV. In voting by orders, the names of the delegates from 
each Parish shall be called, and each delegate shall vote either 
"Aye" or "No," and the majority of the votes of the dele- 
gates from a Parish shall determine the vote of such Parish. 
And it shall be the duty of the Secretary to record the names 
of the voters and the votes which they respectively give. 

XV. A question once decided shall stand as the judg- 
ment of the Co.ivention, and shall not be drawn again into de- 
bate. A motion to reconsider any vote shall not be in order, 
except on the same or succeeding day to that on which the 
vote is taken: Provided, always, that a vote or question may 
be reconsidered at any time by the consent of two-thirds of 
the Convention: Provided, further, that no motion to recon- 
sider shall be made on the last day of the Convention, except 
on a vote or question originally taken on that day. 

XVI. The reports of all committees shall be in writing, and 
shall be received ot course, and without motion for acceptance, 
unless recommitted. All reports recommending or requiring 
any action or expression of opinion by the Convention shall be 
accompanied by a corresponding resolution. 

XVII. All questions of order shall be decided by the chair 
without debate, but any member may appeal fron such decis- 
ion. And on such appeal no member shall speak more than 
once without leave. 

XVIII. No member shall be absent from the sessions of 
the Convention without leave, or unless he be unable to 

XIX. When the Convention is about to rise, every mem- 
ber shall keep his seat until the President leaves the chair. 

XX. On motion duly put and carried, the Convention 
may resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, with or 
without closed doors, for the purpose of discussing such sub- 
jects as may be approved by the Convention. 

The Bishop, with the Deans of the Convocations, may 
select and announce subjects for discussion: Provided, that if 
the motion to go into a Committee of the Whole has specified 
the subject to be discussed, that subject shall first be disposed 

1881:42 & 106 



list of laFishes of the iiocese of lorth larolina. 

When the name of a Parish is printed in italics, it has lost its right of representation. 

Parishes Declared by Resolution of the Convention of 1868 (see 
Journal, pages 40-42) to be entitled to representation. 


1. ^Calvary Church, Tarboro' 1819 

2. St. John's Church, Williamsboro' 1819 

3. Emmanuel Church, Warrenton 1821 

4. Christ Church, Rowan County 1821 

5. St. Mark's Church, Hahfax . 1822 

6. Calvary Church, Wadesboro' 1822 

7. Christ Church, Raleig-h 1822 

8. St. Stephen's Church, Oxford 1823 

9. St. Luke's Church, SaHsbury 1824 

10. St. Matthew's Church, Hillsboro' 1825 

11. Trinity Church, Scotland Neck 1833 

12. St. Bartholomew's Church, Pittsboro' 1833 

13. St. Andrew's Church, Rowan County 1840 

14. Church of the Holy Innocents, Henderson ...... 1842 

15. fChapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill 1842 

16. St. Luke's Church, Lincolnton ' . . . 1843 

17. Grace Church, Morganton 1845 

18 Church of the Epiphany, Leaksville 1845 

19. St. Peter's Church, Charlotte 1845 

20. St. Paul's Church, Louisburg 1846 

21. XSt. Mark' s Church, Deep River 1847 

22. St. James's Church, Lenoir 1849 

23. Church of the Saviour, Jackson 1851 

24. Trinity Church, Asheville 1851 

25. St. James's Church, Iredell County ....... 1856 

26. St. Paul's Church, Wilkesboro' 1858 

27. St. Timothy's Church, Wilson 1859 

•■•Admitted as -'Trinity Church" in 1819; readmitted as "Calvary Church" in 1833. 

See Journal of 1833, page 7. 
fAdmitted as "Church of the Atonement" in 1842; name changed to "Chapel of 

the Cross" in 1849, though without action of the Convention. 
^Allowed to give up its parochial organization. See Journal of 1882, page 59. 




Parishes Admitted into Union with the Convention since the 

Resolutions of 1868:40-42. 


^SL James's Church, Waynesville 1868:48 

tSt. James's Church, Kittrell 1869:32 

St. Barnabas's Church, Greensboro' 1870:35 

JTrinity Church, Statesville 1871:34 

St. Clement's Church, Ringwood 1872:42 

St. Luke's Chapel, Tarboro' 1872:42 

^Calvary Church, Henderson County 1873:17 

Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Ridgeway .... 1873:41 

Church of the Ascension, Hickory 1873:41 

Grace Church, Weldon 1874:23 

Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh 1874:23 

||Church of the Advent, Enfield 1874:23 

Church of the Good Shepherd, Rocky Mount . . 1874,58 

§5?. Paul's Church, Monroe 1875:24 

KSt. John's Church, Rutherfordton ., 1875:65 

St. Paul's Church, Goshen 1876:67-68 

St. Paul's Church, Winston 1879:36 

St. Augustine's Church, Raleigh . 1879:47 

St. Philip's Church, Durham 1884:12 

St. Mary's Church, Rowan County 1888:34 

"'■•St. James's Church, Waypesville, was struck from the list of Parishes, 1877:40. 
"f"St. James's Church, Kittrell, had been admitted to the (Convention in i860, but 

was struck from the list in 1868. 
^Trinity Church, Statesville. was admitted into the Convention as the "Chapel of 

the Cross," but subsequently changed its name, 1876:28. 
^Calvary Church, Henderson County, was admitted in i860, but struck off in 1868. 
||This Parish was again formally admitted to the Convention, 1886:31. 
^Allowed to give up its parochial organization, and to become a Mission, 1885:46. 
J:j;St. John's Church, Rutherfordton, had been admitted to the Convention in 1848, 

but was struck off in 1868. 

Missions Admitted into Union with the Convention under Article III. 
Section 5 amendment of 1887) of the Constitution. 


St. Athanasius, Burlington 1888:55 

St. Luke's, Gaston 1888:55 

St. Michael's and All Angels', Charlotte 1888:55 

St. James's, Pittsboro' 1888:55 

No full list of Missions organized by the Ecclesiastical Authority under the Can- 
ons, is obtainable, as the Canons do not require that any Report should be made of 

/ have taken the liberty, with the advice and consent of the other members of the 
Committee, of appending to the Constitution, Canons, and Rules of Order, the fore- 
going list of Parishes and Missions, at present in union with the Convention. 



P.M. Miscellaneous Business. 
4. Elections: 

Standing Committee. 
Treasurer of the Convention. 

Deputies to General Convention. Triennial (before Gen- 
eral Convention). 
Delegates to Missionary Council. 
Trustees of the University of the South. Triennial (after 

General Convention). 
Trustee of the General Theological Seminary. Triennial 

(after General Convention). 
Trustees of St. Mary's School. 
Trustees of Boys' School at Salisbury. 
Managers of Thompson Orphanage. Biennial. 
Education Committee. 
Church Building Committee. 
Miscellaneous Business. 

Missionary Meeting. 
Miscellaneous Business. 


Miscellaneous Business, including 

Report of Committee on State of the Church. 
Election of Executive Missionary Committee. 
Appointment of time and place for the next Convention. 


Chapter III, Canon I, section 1. In last line strike out the words and 

Chapter III, Canon II, section 1. Strike out the Proviso in reference 
to Vestries elected in 1897. 

Rules of Order. 
VI. The order of business shall be as follows : 


Election of President and Secretary. 
Appointment of hours. ^ 

Other business. 

P. M. Meeting of Convocations (half an hour before session.) 
Appointment of regular Committees. 
Reports and reference of same: 

Standing Committee. 

Trustees of the Diocese. 


Finance Committee. 

Special Committees. 

Managers of Thompson Orphanage. 

Trustees of St. Mary's School. 

Trustees of the University of the South. 

Commissioners of the American Church Building Fund. 
Other reports. 
Petitions and Memorials. 
Motions and Resolutions. 


A. M. Address of the Bishop, and necessary references. 
Report of Committee on New Parishes. 

Committee on Elections. 

Committee on Unfinished Business. 

Committee on Canons. 

Special Committees. 

Executive Missionary Committee. 
Miscellaneous Business. 






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